Posted by psgels on 5 September 2011 with categories: Ao no Exorcist



I’m not sure what happened here. These are just those points in a series that completely do something against my expectations. I’m not really sure what happened here, but the plot suddenly got really, really good.

The bizarre thing here is that I had completely given up on the plot, and here this episode comes and does just about everything right to bring it back to life. Yukio’s angst was largely going nowhere, so here this episode comes and throws in his grandfather. The teacher was boring, and here this episode give s him an actually engaging back-story. Shiemi had been reduced in importance, and here she actually stands up against Rin, proving that she’s much, much more than just another token female.

This episode was really excellent, but in the context of this series, it’s much more than that: it really managed to save this series, and brought it back out of its slump. The thing with the previous episodes was that they had been building up the wrong things: Yukio and Rin’s grandfather should have appeared much earlier, the Vatican should have taken up its villain role much earlier, instead of just returning over and over to an angsty Yukio. Either way though, this episode was better than even most of the episodes that DID come from the manga material. There was just so much packed into it.

As for the ending: the satan problem will still remain. At the very least though, the creators are trying to make it very action-packed, with the entire Vatican declaring a war on the demons. It’s a bit sudden, but heck, I can buy it at this point. Will it make up though for Satan’s complete and utter lack of development? Well, let’s find out!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. Tan-Tan says:

    I have a strong feeling it’s dear Grandfather who had Mephisto arrested if he really is the one in charge of Vatican now. If I remember right, the Vatican council “trusts” Mephisto. They wouldn’t have him arrested all of a sudden. It seems to me the old man wants Mephisto out of his way.

  2. belladonna says:

    This show is a mess. You are right, they were able to save the plot somehow (putting in the grandfather was pretty smart), but nonetheless this series became crap. It’s just not enough for me that there seems to be a plot now and a possilbe good conclusion. Rin as a character failed completely. He was somehow cool at the beginning, I mean he wasn’t hotheaded and acted brainlessly, but that’s what he became in the last episodes: a stupid kid who will attack everyone without thinking much. He wanted to kill the woman of the teacher, then Shiemi convinced him not to do it, then he thought against that Angel-guy (don’t remember his name) to protect the woman he wanted to kill some minutes before… come on! And the woman: it’s the same with her: she wanted to kill all people dear to satans son and had a change of mind because Rin fought for her, after he originally wanted to kill her…!?

    Dropped.

  3. kaza says:

    I felt it was too rushed with the plot twists, but still was great overall

  4. Shinigami says:

    You should read this: Ao no Exorcist News

    And also – the manga is much different!

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:54 AM)
    Since the death of intellectuallism was brought up, that brings me to a complaint I heard earlier where someone said that cinema was lacking in intelligence because not enough spy thrillers like “a wanted man” get released.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:53 AM)
    @Emma I haven’t read that one either.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:51 AM)
    @Realist: Its by the artist of that prison drama (well at least it started out that way) manga/anime rainbow.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:51 AM)
    @Bam Yeah, there’s a lot of great manga out there that just gets ignored. It’s a lot of material to comb through, but I’m amazed by how many people can overlook something like Vagabond.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:49 AM)
    There’s virtue in planning a saga ahead and knowing exactly where you’re going with it compared to writing yourself into a corner.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:49 AM)
    @Emma Now that sounds interesting. Have to check that out.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:48 AM)
    Sakuran dealt with the life of a prostitute in historical Japan.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:47 AM)
    I mainly brought Vagabond up since I always see people gripe about how there’s no new chapter of this and that out while I’m pretty sure that there’s a lot of superior works they haven’t even bother to pick up. Havin said that, screw Miura and his nonprogress in Berserk! Lol
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:47 AM)
    Oh and Green blood, that one could have gone on longer however, though its the only manga I’ve ever read which was an 1800s set western.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 07:45 AM)
    Frankly, I think the Vinland Saga farm arc >>>>>>> the Vagabond farm arc.

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